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    Posted: 12/June/2009 at 9:29am
Technically the auditor is calling for a probe of Flowers' office, Regional Office of Education (Suburban Cook County). See Sun-Times (Dave McKinney).

The state's top auditor called for a criminal probe of the suburban Cook County regional education office after an audit found that the director repeatedly used a government credit card for personal expenses and approved questionable payments to relatives on his payroll.

One of the things that frustrates me about Flowers is that much of the impetuous for electing him came from concerns about corruption in Districts 88 (Bellwood and Stone Park), 89 (Maywood adn Melrose Park) and 209 (Proviso Township High Schools).

As far as I know, Flowers hasn't taken substantial action to improve education, fiscal discipline or the boards of education in any of these districts.

Flowers passes complaints to the Cook County State's Attorney, but he either can't or won't do what's necessary to get the State's Attorney to make rulings that would allow Flowers to take action.

Of 40 credit card purchases Flowers made, 16 were for personal items, the audit found. Among the purchases, Holland noted, were airline tickets to fly Flowers' family members to Mississippi. He also withdrew $6,669 in cash advances on the credit card while in Illinois and Mississippi, ostensibly to purchase a vehicle and furniture for the regional office.

But Holland's auditors found no evidence of the vehicle or furniture. And auditors could not verify Flowers' claim that he repaid those advances from personal funds.

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At least this was caught during the audit!  Makes me think that better financial controls need to be implemented.  Two signature minimum and a review and classification of all expenses paid for with organization credit cards perhaps?
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